After last night’s 0-0 League Cup semi-final draw with Chelsea, Arsene Wenger confirmed that midfield dynamo Francis Coquelin is to leave for pastures new, heading to Spain to team up with Gabriel in Valencia.
The fee for the combative, yellow-card addicted midfielder is thought to be around £12m, and Wenger cited his lack of game time as the main reason for his departure, he said as quoted by Talksport:
“He goes to Valencia, he didn’t get enough games with us this season. He had an opportunity, I let him go…”
The news wasn’t the best timing as Jack Wilshere picked up a foot injury last night as he blocked a ferocious Chelsea shot on the edge of the box, resulting in a substitution for the Arsenal man. Super Jack being replaced by Mohamed Elneny so we now sweat on the news on his injury, but it didn’t look too bad on the TV.
It’s thought Coquelin’s new deal is a four a half year contract, and the Spanish club yesterday all but confirmed the move with the tweet below (unless they’re off on a French Connection shopping spree) and it’s thought the official announcement will be this week:
¡Ya tenemos una nueva preparada! pic.twitter.com/2s9O1534jv
— Valencia CF (@valenciacf) January 10, 2018
Good luck to Coquelin, who, for what he lacked in ability, made up for in heart, tenacity and yellow cards.